see also: Polish
  • (British) enPR: pŏ'lĭsh, IPA: /ˈpɒlɪʃ/
  • (America) enPR: pä'lĭsh, IPA: /ˈpɑlɪʃ/


  1. A substance used to polish.
    A good silver polish will remove tarnish easily.
  2. Cleanliness; smoothness, shininess.
    The floor was waxed to a high polish.
  3. Refinement; cleanliness in performance or presentation.
    The lecturer showed a lot of polish at his last talk.
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polish (polishes, present participle polishing; past and past participle polished)

  1. (transitive) To shine; to make a surface very smooth or shiny by rubbing, cleaning, or grinding.
    He polished up the chrome until it gleamed.
  2. (transitive) To refine; remove imperfections from.
    The band has polished its performance since the last concert.
    • 1699, Sir William Temple, 1st Baronet, Heads designed for an essay on conversations ↗
      Study gives strength to the mind; conversation, grace: the first apt to give stiffness, the other suppleness: one gives substance and form to the statue, the other polishes it.
  3. (transitive) To apply shoe polish to shoes.
  4. (intransitive) To become smooth, as from friction; to receive a gloss; to take a smooth and glossy surface.
    Steel polishes well.
  5. (transitive) To refine; to wear off the rudeness, coarseness, or rusticity of; to make elegant and polite.
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  • (British) IPA: /ˈpəʊlɪʃ/
  • (America) enPR: pōʹlĭsh, IPA: /ˈpoʊlɪʃ/

polish (not comparable)

  1. Of, from or native to Poland, or relating to the Polish language.
  • Polono- (prefix)
Translations Noun

polish (uncountable)

  1. The language spoken in Poland.
Related terms
  • Middle Polish
  • Old Polish

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